What was basically an Aston Martin skeleton sold for a jaw-dropping $435,000 at auction recently. While there was an engine included, that was roughly the extent of the package, which is a project car in its most raw form! This particular car must have been the dream project car for the buyer in order for them to shell out so much…or it was a sheik or Bill Gates.
The 1964 Aston Martin DB5 body with numbers DB5/1497/R was unloaded for $435k at Bonhams auction house recently. Photos courtesy of Bonhams.
About the car
The 1964 Aston Martin DB5 is widely considered a ‘must-have’ by brand collectors. It helps that this particular body is a numbers-matching lady, increasing her value. The condition of the car was attributed to a collision in the 1970s, with repairs never getting finished. It was purchased after that crash, and the owner never finished the project. The chassis was repaired and the DB5 came equipped with boxes filled with some of the original rear bodywork and parts. The Perhaps the new owner has funds remaining after the $435k purchase price to finish the job?
The car surpassed sales projections for the auction, which predicted around $168k-$250k. While this skeleton was certainly a shocking sale, it was not even the worst-off car to net six figures in that particular sale. Other distinctive project cars from the sale included: A 1963 Aston Martin DB5 (DB5/1451/R), which was a prototype for the Aston Martin Vantage, nabbed $660k. It sustained damage in a front-end crash back in the 1970s as well, though remained intact in most places. That car was expected to net
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